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Movers & Shakers: Yokohama Names New President and CEO, WyoTech Students Build Custom Bike With Orange County Choppers Founder

Yokohama Tire Corp. Names Yasushi Tanaka President and CEO
Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced that Yasushi Tanaka will be the company’s new president and CEO, effective June 29. Tanaka succeeds Takao Oishi, who has been at the helm of YTC since April 2008. Tanaka was with The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (YRC) in Tokyo, Japan, where he was the corporate officer in charge of the corporate planning department, secretariat, GD100 promotion department. Tanaka, who joined YRC in 1982, will now be based at YTC’s corporate headquarters in Fullerton, California. His promotion also includes being named president of Yokohama Corporation of America and president of Yokohama Corporation of North America. Tanaka remains a YRC corporate officer.

AutoTrader Classics Publications Switch to Online Only
AutoTrader announced that July will be the last month of AutoTrader Classics print publications, including Mustang & Ford, Classic Cars & Parts, Corvette & Chevy, Kustoms & Hot Rods and Classic Cars & Parts – Price Guide. AutoTrader Classics will become an online-only brand with classic car content, photos, features and classified listings at www.AutoTraderClassics.com.

AMP Research Named Title Sponsor of Motorz TV
Duke Networks LLC, producers of the automotive show Motorz TV, announced that AMP Research is the title sponsor of the upcoming fifth season of Motorz TV. Hosted by Chris Duke, the show airs on the Pursuit Channel Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. (PDT) to 40 million homes nationwide, according to Duke Networks.

Hemmings Motor News to Release Illustrated Collector-Car Encyclopedia
Hemmings Motor News is publishing the Illustrated Collector-Car Encyclopedia. Referred to by Hemmings as a one-of-a-kind reference source for everything collector car, the encyclopedia aims to provide a visual guide to the history of the automobile, starting with its earliest years. Hemmings announced that the encyclopedia will include 30 categories (engines, wheels, racing, hot rodding, etc.) and is set to be published at the end of October. For additional information, including advertising and sponsorship details, contact Jeff Yager at jyager@hemmings.com.

WyoTech Students to Build Custom Bike With Founder of Orange County Choppers
Through a partnership with Orange County Choppers and its founder Paul Teutul Sr., Wyotech students will help construct an OCC custom-built, WyoTech-branded motorcycle under the guidance of Teutul. In addition, WyoTech, “The Official Technical School of OCC” has also arranged for students to intern at the world-renowned bike building facility in Upstate New York. Students will be selected from all WyoTech campuses, including Daytona and Fremont where motorcycle mechanic training is offered. The bike will be revealed in an episode of "American Chopper," airing this fall on the Discovery Channel.

American Rods and Rides, LoJack Provide Discount for Specialty-Vehicle Owners
American Rods and Rides and LoJack Corporation have partnered to provide fans of American Rods and Rides a significant discount on a LoJack for Classics Stolen Vehicle Recovery System. “Our fans place high emotional and financial value on their cars, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer them a savings on the peace-of-mind that comes with having a LoJack for Classics tracking device in their specialty vehicles,” said Don Freedman, owner and president of AmericanRodsandRides.com. The LoJack for Classics system is specially designed to meet the unique requirements of specialty-vehicle owners. AmericanRodsandRides.com fans pay a one-time fee of only $295 for the LoJack for Classics system, a savings of $400. To take advantage of the special offer, call 800/4-LOJACK (800/456-5225) or visit www.lojackforclassics.com and use the promo code CCA1AR295.

AST Suspension Acquires Moton Suspension Technology B.V. Assets
AST Suspension
acquired all Moton Suspension Technology B.V. assets. AST Suspension and Moton Suspension Technology will continue to be produced as two separate brands using two different design philosophies. AST will keep Moton headquarters in Uden, Netherlands. North American service and sales will move from Cumming, Georgia, to AST USA’s headquarters in Plano, Texas, over the next few weeks. Further information about the acquisition of Moton assets will be made available in the near future on the AST – USA website at www.ast-usa.com.

AutoWare Technologies' NextWheels Online Adds MGP Caliper Covers
AutoWare Technologies has added a new "Brake" feature as part of its NextWheels Online Program featuring MGP Caliper Covers. In addition to previewing how different custom wheels and tires will look on their cars, users can now preview MGP caliper covers in various colors. Details are available at www.calipercovers.com.